The following information was passed on to me from David Parfitt, the Archivist for the NEAC…
“I made enquiries from NEAC Members and one of them, Charlotte Halliday, (Keeper of the New English Art Club) bought into the meeting a catalogue of work by an artist called Raymond Sheppard (1913 – 1958).
In the catalogue, Raymond Sheppard published by lissfineart.com there are various chapter headings – Early Work, the Artist and his Family etc. One chapter is called The Animal Kingdom. Under the heading Wildlife, it says that, as a student in the 1930’s “Sheppard studied at the London Zoo……..” ”
He also mentioned a book by Sheppard called ‘Drawing at the Zoo’ published by Studio that ‘Animal Drawing’ by Skeaping was also published by. I managed to get a copy and although it does mention he has been drawing in the zoo for a number of years – there is no specific mention of the Studio.
The next step will be to look at his drawings at Liss Fine Art and see if there are any for 1937-39.